Next morning, an email from South Lakeland District Council states the trees felled at Ghyll Brow were all under protection orders. We thought so, because we had asked for their protection. Is the force of law in what you write , or what you meant to write? None of the trees do not have protection orders. (Oops, sorry, got that wrong.) None of them have tree- protection orders. (Where did grammar go?)
Who authorised the felling of trees at Ghyll Brow? And why? We have asked this in writing and have received a reply that does not address our question. For some years several of us have been campaigning for tree-protection orders, a reasoned campaign with a weight of environmental evidence behind us. We made our applications with due process so why were tree-protection orders not in place?
We now ask again, for Belmont. This afternoon I walked into Kendal to the sounds of tree-felling. Beside garages and car parking, two mature trees were newly felled. An ecologist whose home overlooks the site was told the reason was ivy. That answer satisfies neither ecologist nor naturalist, neither of us. It is ignorant. No advance- notice had been posted, we looked and found none. Several other people appeared and we were all angry. Why had these trees been felled? And who had authorised this? We stood chatting and looking down on cross-sections of healthy trees.
We talked of Kendal Market Place, being ‘upgraded and modernised thanks to Geoff Cook and the Lib Dem team’ says their latest publication. Upgraded by felling birch trees which many of us love, for themselves and because they're a roost for pied wagtails. ( see letter in The Westmorland Gazette.) 'Modernising' Kendal would seem to mean stripping out nature.
Did no one on the Council see the grand finale of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth 11? If we fail to heed his message we'll all suffer for it. Air pollution is a hot topic and tree-planting in urban spaces goes some way to mitigate the effect.
The suggestion from Belmont neighbours was that these mature trees were felled to make more parking spaces for cars.
We have asked, repeatedly, that before any building work begins at Ghyll Brow pedestrian safety is ensured on this narrow country road and a pavement is in place. No response on this one either. It's a vital health and safety provision.